Wednesday, May 15, 2013

May 18: Alpha Bitch Soup at the Redwood Cafe

Posted By on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 3:29 PM

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John Cougar Concentration Camp. Brian Jonestown Massacre. Kathleen Turner Overdrive (well, this one might be fake). Reo Speeddealer. Hillbilly Idol. Furious George. Pabst Smear. And introducing Alpha Bitch Soup, who join a long line of bands that make naming the band into a game of puns. Hailing from Sonoma County, the project features Artemis de Cello (formerly of the Lemon Lime Lights) and Robin Pfefer, former owner of the now-defunct Black Cat bar in Cotati. Bringing their particular mix of cello, guitar and tap dancing to the stage, Alpha Bitch Soup play with Mark Growden Duo on Saturday, May 18, at the Redwood Café. 8240 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati. 9pm. $6—$10. 707.795.7868.

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May 16: Walter Mosley at Book Passage

Posted By on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 3:25 PM

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In 1990, the first Easy Rawlins mystery novel Devil in a Blue Dress joined a long line of books that take Los Angeles as its muse and antagonist. Written by Walter Mosley, the book was set in Watts, and introduced Rawlins, an African-American veteran who ends up broke and unable to find work. Eventually, Rawlins finds himself taking up detective work, and Mosley found himself with a thriving detective series. Little Green is the latest installment. It finds Rawlins navigating a new sociopolitical landscape in 1967 L.A., one permanently altered by the Watts riots and the rise of hippie culture. The book promises to be yet another clever exploration of the intersection of race, class and mystery in California’s most intriguing city. Walter Mosley appears on Thursday, May 16, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. 415.927.0960.

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May 15: Ash Reiter at Lagunitas Tap Room

Posted By on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 3:22 PM

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Back in the days when cassettes ruled the world, if I really liked a song, I would record it over and over in order so that I could listen to it on repeat without rewinding. “I’ve Got Something I Can Laugh About,” by Bay Area indie pop band Ash Reiter, is a song that bears repeating, and would have definitely had a cassette entirely to itself back in 1986. Led by Sebastopol-bred Ash Reiter, the Berkeley-based band has exited the singer-songwriter ghetto and entered the sweet spot with their latest album, Hola, which showcases the frontwoman’s lush, swoon-worthy vocals all wrapped up in effervescent pop melodies. It might be a cliché, but this truly is a band that you want to see now, so when they hit the big time, you can say, “I knew them way back when . . .” Ash Reiter puts the pop in pop on Wednesday, May 15, at Lagunitas Tap Room. 1280 N. McDowell Ave., Petaluma. 707.778.8776.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

May 11: Comedy Overload at Hopmonk Tavern

Posted By on Thu, May 9, 2013 at 11:35 AM

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For anyone who spent even two seconds in a high school drama class, the word “improv” conjures cringe-inducing memories of awkward theater games performed by even more awkward drama geeks. But the World’s Biggest Comedy Duo actually do improv the way it should be, turning the potentially embarrassing into something slightly subversive and fun. The Comedy Overload event at Hopmonk also features Opposing Media doing a Mystery Science Theater 3000—style take on a Star Trek episode, local standup comedians and, most incongruously, a performance by the Joweh BellyDance troupe. Comedy Overload goofs it up on Saturday, May 11, at Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8pm. $12. 707.829.7300.

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May 9: Never.Say.Die. at Copperfield's Books Petaluma

Posted By on Thu, May 9, 2013 at 11:34 AM

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Looking for a way to celebrate the Giants recent three-game sweep of the blue losers from the south, i.e., the Dodgers? This month marks the release of ‘Never. Say. Die.,’ a coffee-table book featuring 125 photographs from the San Francisco Giants’ 2012 season by Sports Illustrated photographer Brad Mangin. For anyone with her head under a rock, the 2012 season ended in a series of nail-biting playoff games, culminating in a World Series victory against the Detroit Tigers. Published by Petaluma-based Cameron + Company, the book also features text by sports radio host Brian Murphy. Mangin and Murphy keep the spirit of ’12 alive on Thursday, May 9, at Copperfield’s Books. 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 7pm. 707.762.0563.

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May 14: Kevin Smokler at Copperfield's Books Petaluma

Posted By on Thu, May 9, 2013 at 11:31 AM

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Of all the novels I read in high school, I remember only a handful. I loved Lord of the Flies, A Tale of Two Cities and Catcher in the Rye. I hated The Scarlet Letter and I was baffled by Ethan Frome. But I’ve only re-read one of these books as an adult (hint: it involves a pig’s head on a stick). In his new book Practical Classics, Kevin Smokler uses the essay form to persuade readers to pick up and read again 50 books commonly assigned in high school English class. Pride and Prejudice, Cannery Row, Animal Farm and “Bartleby, the Scrivener” all make Smokler’s list, as does my old snore-inducing nemesis The Scarlet Letter in an essay titled “I Don’t Like It Either.” Kevin Smokler appears on Tuesday, May 14 at Copperfields's Books. 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 7pm. 707.762.0563.

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May 11: Ruthie Foster at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center

Posted By on Thu, May 9, 2013 at 11:26 AM

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Ruthie Foster has come a long way since her days of singing Top 40 covers in a Navy ensemble band. The Texas-bred blues and soul singer has released six albums, performed with a fantastic roster of musicians—including blues firebrand Paul Thorn—and, without the help of any major label, forged a career that’s netted two Grammy nominations. Her latest album, Let It Burn, finds Foster covering songs by Adele, the Black Keys, Los Lobos, the Band and others, in addition to new original material. Foster appears in a solo performance on Saturday, May 11, at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center. 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. 8pm. $33—$35. 707.823.1511.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May 4-5: Cloverdale Fiddle Festival at Cloverdale Fairgrounds

Posted By on Wed, May 1, 2013 at 11:06 AM

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Before popular music became impregnated with the bizarre old-timey decree that every hot new band must (a) have a banjo player, (b) dress like they’re associates of the Artful Dodger or whatever, and (c) embrace the patina, but not the core, of The Grapes of Wrath, there was the Cloverdale Fiddle Festival. Now in its 38th year, the festival awards prizes for competition in a variety of styles (Old-Time Style, Texas Style, Waltz, Twin) and age brackets (last year’s entrants spanned from age seven to 78). Entertainment by the Kathy Kallick Band and many others keep things moving, but it’s the competition here that shows Cloverdale’s All-American small-town charm at its best. Fiddle away on Saturday and Sunday, May 4—5, at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. 1 Citrus Fair Drive, Cloverdale. 10am—6pm each day. $13. 707.894.2067.

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May 4: Film Fest Petaluma at the Mystic Theatre

Posted By on Wed, May 1, 2013 at 11:05 AM

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Here’s a fun way to spend a Saturday: load up on coffee in the morning, and then, mid-afternoon, plunk down $25 and park your keister for nine hours of independent film shorts ranging in length from two to 21 minutes at Film Fest Petaluma. There’s truly too much good stuff on offer here: a film about handcrafted bikes; a man who builds a Viking ship; a woman (Judi Dench) who tries to find love via social networking; a stranded astronaut; a post-apocalyptic marriage; the spoils of an affair; sexual dysfunction, and more. Local filmmakers Jackson Rosenfeld, Max Prickey, Miles Pepper and others join the lineup, too. It all goes down Saturday, May 4, at the Mystic Theatre. 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. Blocks of films at 2:30pm, 7:30pm and 10:30pm. $10—$15 per block; $25 for all. 707.765.2121.

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May 3: David Sedaris at the Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, May 1, 2013 at 11:03 AM

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At this point, in the year 2013, everyone knows the deal on David Sedaris—so much so that his new book Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls (the most David Sedaris-y David Sedaris title in the history of David Sedaris titles) is subtitled “Essays, Etc.” In it, the celebrated NPR contributor and chronicler of his own little life, etc., writes about his unsupportive father, etc., his new job picking up trash on the side of the road, etc., nasty thoughts he writes daily in his journal, etc., drinking, etc., and, yes, owls, etc. With all this et cetera flying around, how can a diehard This American Life fan possibly experience it best? With an in-person appearance, naturally, in the company of similarly obsessed Sedaris fans. David Sedaris charms the pants on Friday, May 3, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $45—$65. 707.546.3600.

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